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The cost of mental health

Mar 30, 2006
Most managed healthcare plans don't include coverage for mental illness. But according to a new study, offering coverage for such afflictions results in little additional cost. Helen Palmer reports.
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<i>Chomp, chomp, snap</i> . . . Is gum good for health?

Mar 29, 2006
Have you ever been around someone who chews gum constantly? Do they seem happier? Healthier? Wrigley is betting millions of dollars on it. Stacey Vanek-Smith explains.
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Big Tobacco's woes

Mar 28, 2006
An independent consulting company has ruled that tobacco companies have lost a significant chunk of their market, and the 1998 $246 billion settlement they reached with states is partly to blame. The companies have been paying the states, but some provisions of the agreement have helped reduce the cash they fork over, and this latest ruling relates to one of those. Kai talks with Helen Palmer from the Health Desk at WGBH.
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Baby boon

Mar 28, 2006
Ever since the first test tube baby 28 years ago, the use of fertility treatments has become common. But they haven't become any cheaper. A while ago, we told you about a program that grants the cost of a fertility cycle to would-be parents who can't afford it. Lisa Napoli followed one couple who was chosen to participate.
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What's the price for a human egg?

Mar 28, 2006
Fertility clinics routinely pay women thousands of dollars for donating eggs, but if a scientist wants eggs for research -- to create new human stem cells, for instance -- well, that's more complicated. Allan Coukell reports.
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Life insurance for prostate-cancer survivors

Mar 27, 2006
The Hartford insurance company has started offering policies to men over 60 with prostate cancer -- something that once would have been impossible. Tess Vigeland reports.
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Mad-cow meeting is on in Japan

Mar 27, 2006
Officials with the US Department of Agriculture are in Japan, trying to convince that government that American beef is safe to eat and should be allowed back on menus in Japanese restaurants. Helen Palmer reports.
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Bird flu and American schools

Mar 23, 2006
The US government is urging schools to prepare for a bird flu pandemic . . . just in case. Helen Palmer reports.
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Water, water everywhere . . . in bottles

Mar 22, 2006
A water-tasting challenge calls attention to the quality of bottled water and tap water while raising awareness about people in the world who don't have access to enough clean water. Lisa Napoli reports.
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Possible heart danger from ADHD drugs

Mar 22, 2006
An FDA panel says drugs that control attention deficit hyperactivity disorder -- Ritalin, Adderall, Concerta -- could be dangerous to the heart. Some 4 million Americans take them. Helen Palmer reports.
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